Students at Morrisburg Public School had a crazy hair day last Wednesday and, yes, indeed there were some very funky and some very out of the ordinary coiffures. Pictured above are the various grade representatives selected for the photo based on their outrageous dos. Front, l-r, are Michelle Chater, Kyra Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Celina McMillan, Zoe McMillan and Chloe Adams. Back, l-r, are Brandon Lovely, Bethany Baker, Harneet Cheema, Gabriel Baker and Shyla Crowder. In the closeup insets, l-r, Chloe Adams shows off her birds nest, Shylar Crowder her hair braided eyewear, and Michelle Chater her spring variety pack.
“This, guys and dolls, is the Private Eye,” says private detective Harry Monday at the end of Monday Always Leads to Murder.
Then, with a flourish, he holds up the Egyptian jewel that has been the source of two hours of murder and mayhem in Pat Cook’s comic whodunit set in New York, 1939.
The 15th Iroquois-Matilda Lions’ play, Monday Always Leads to Murder, which ran at Upper Canada Playhouse April 26-28, scored another major hit for the cast and for the Lions’ Club.
For the cast of 12, who has been in rehearsals for the production since January, the three day run was the culmination of a lot of hours of hard work and dedication.
Judging from the audience laughter and cheers at all four performances, it was definitely worth it.
The cast brought to life a collection of colourful characters, all of whom appeared to have their own reasons for landing in Harry’s seedy office on a spring day in 1939.
Pop (Bill Rumble) was definitely more than just a “know nothin’” custodian.
The enigmatic Pearl Van Beesley (Joan Mann) was clearly interested in a lot more than just a play about Harry’s life.
Miller Bannister (Brian Speer), fearful client, and Desmond Sloan (Jim Mustard), ham actor, had a lot more up their respective sleeves than undershirts. So did Veronica Reynolds (Ruth Robertson), the weepy actress, who may or may not have been as confused as she claimed.
Professor Hamadan (Donna Swank) experienced a major, very final surprize in Harry’s office.
Two comic burglars (Pat Goetz and Sam Decker, who also played Horace Barnstable) came to steal a priceless jewel but left with Harry’s wooden desk chair.
The very sultry Courtney Delecroix (Margaret Swerdfeger), was definitely after more than just Harry’s…heart.
Lt. Brogan (Glenn Swerdfeger), one of New York’s finest, couldn’t figure out which murder suspect he should nab.
Sol Johar (Barry Fawcett, using one of his very unique accents) arrived to collect a poker debt, and ended up knee deep in corpses.
And detective Harry Monday (Rick MacKenzie) had to survive bootleg hooch, gunshots through his window, burglars in his office, dead bodies on his desk, the enmity of the police and Sol Johar’s prophetic statement, “I’d like to report a murder. Somebody shot my car.”
Albert Dejong, prompting for the first time ever, did not lose his mind or his cool.
The office set for the play, designed by John Thompson, featured an impressive New York skyline. Sean Free, technical director at Upper Canada Playhouse, handled sound and lighting effects. Donnie Bowes, artistic director of UCP, and his entire staff, remained supportive and endlessly helpful throughout the run.
Club members (under Jim Locke) built and later struck the set: others handled publicity, programs and tickets, posters, photographs and video taping, as well as ushering duties.
Stage manager Diane Fawcett kept props and actors under control during the production, while some truly outstanding volunteers handled make-up and wigs and catered great food for the final reception.
Wendy Gibb directed the show.
Although the final tallies are not all in, Monday Always Leads to Murder, should net the Lions nearly $15,000.
Combined with past shows, the Iroquois-Matilda Club has raised nearly $200,000 through their theatre productions.
Funds from this show, as has always been the case in the past, will be channeled back into local Lion charities and into the Club’s many community works.
Voters in South Dundas should have received a copy of a pamphlet in the mail this week that explains how they vote in the upcoming municipal election.
In this election South Dundas voters will have the opportunity to vote by phone, internet or paper ballot.
This pamphlet is not the Voter Information Letter, that will be send out the second week in October.
Electors in South Dundas will personally and individually receive by first-class mail, a Voter Information Letter containing the following information;
1. The toll free telephone number to call and the website to visit to vote;
2. Your confidential and Personalized Identification Number (Voting PIN);
3. A list of the candidates nominated for each office and instructions on how to vote;
4. The telephone number of the Voter Help Center.
As an added security feature, voters will be required to add your date of birth before voting. Anyone unsure if their full date of birth is on the voter’s list, may have to come into the Voter Help Centre (Municipal office) to fill out a form and provide photo identification.
Voting will commence on October 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. and conclude on October 27, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Voting access by telephone and internet will be available on a continuous six day, 24-hour basis during this voting period. The “vote by telephone” method requires use of a touch-tone telephone. The “vote by internet” method requires use of a computer with internet access.
As in the past no proxies are permitted with these alternate voting methods. Any individual, during the six day voting period, may request assistance at the Voter Help Centre (Municipal Office).
In addition, all County Libraries have established internet access centers for the use of the public at locations in the various communities in the United Counties of S.D.&G.
To accommodate all electors, the Municipal Office will be open extra hours. For further information call them at 613-543-2673.
From the kitchen table to national award winner: Cruickshank Construction celebrates 60 years of doing their ‘level best’
In 1956, Les Cruickshank used his savings to buy a used grader, his first piece of equipment. He painted the motto “we do our level best” on the side, and headed off to build his […]